OK, it is super sneak peek time! This book will be out in October but I got my advance copy and I was practically pulling the tab on the envelope before it was out of the UPS guy's hands!
Who's Your DADA?
Redefining the Doll through Mixed Media
Linda O'Brien and Opie O'Brien
Inspired by the "Dada" notion of making art from materials that would not typically be combined or expected to go together, and driven by a similar sense of irony and humor, this exciting book by Linda and Opie O'Brien shares their unique approach to making mixed-media dolls. It is not only a "must have" volume for anyone interested in found object art and the human form, it is a thoughtful and provocative exploration of the power, symbolism, and cultural significance of dolls and representational figures.
The authors share detailed techniques for using surface embellishments, creating faces, heads, and limbs, using molds and molding products, and building and transforming disparate objects into whimsical, inspiring dolls. Starting with a variety of substrates--a wood block, a canvas, a tin can, a book, and a box construction--readers are guided step by step through five types of doll constructions.
-Complete instructions for making a box construction doll, a wood block substrate doll, a two-sided canvas frame doll, a tin can doll, and a book doll
-Numerous variations on each of the core projects for further experimentation
-An inspiring gallery of mixed-media dolls from leading artists who discuss their methods and share their very personal answers to the question: "What is a doll?"
Originally from New York City, Linda and Opie O'Brien are full time artists living on Lake Erie in Ohio with their cat Angelus and his cat Angel. They teach workshops nationally and internationally. Their work includes jewelry, Dada dolls, artist books, assemblage, collage, masks, music, and more, and has been featured in numerous books, magazines, galleries, exhibitions, solo shows, museum gift shops, and private collections.
So this is the first sneak peek I have for you. This doll is by Shelley D. Schorsch. I love how the paper is pealing up on the top.
I will be using this piece as my inspiration. Not having a stash of baby dolls, can you believe it? Me, not have a stash of something? I scored this doll at the thrift store.
Be sure to check back to see how I transform it with the help from
And now onto the day's Q & A
Toni asked this question:
these chicks and duck! I have boxes of broken china that I've been
saving to TRY mosaics - these might be just the thing to start with!
My question - if I've never done mosaics, would it be better to start with a flat project before attempting something like these chicks? Thanks!
Yes! I would highly recommend doing a flat piece first. Working dimensional adds the complication of gravity into the mix. When I did these mosaic eyeballs using bowling balls as a base, I was continuously having to rotate and let things dry in shifts. It made the process go a bit slower. So if you are working with new techniques why not keep it a bit simpler at first and then once you get the hang of mosaics then you can go crazy!
Keep those questions coming, a free book and bobbin winder could be in your future, not to mention the answer!